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Image 1 of Jeffersonian (Jeffersontown, Ky.), April 18, 1912

Part of Jeffersonian (Jeffersontown, Ky.)

DEVOTED ENTIRELY TO THE INTERESTS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY Jefferson town, Jefferson County, Ky., Thursday, April 18, !912. Vol. 5. No. 43 Every Thursday at $1.00 Per Year iiiimiiw hiiihiiii niifliiMiM ii in Mil The Oldest Christian Minister at His 95th Birthday Rev. Win. Tharp, of Anniversary W Miilstswn.- - ; iff ' ft': '5fwwn&r 'Iff n1 '1r ,r jP$s N M DDL E TOWN CHRISTIAN CHURCH The original building is shown at the rear of the new front new under construction. REV. WILLIAM THARP. )liost Christian Minister in the World. Above Illustrations Used By was of a peculiar nature-- . It began Near the close of a benign oem is wit li his a rri va in the former capital a stanza oien appropriated in a of the county and continued at inpersonal Sense by the devout and tervals until about 189 or 1892. Upon who in the lapse occasion, when he felt called to evanspiritual! years have learned the futility of gelistic work, another minister was of man-mad- e creed and dogma, however engaged and he was free to go and By Chas. T. Moore. I seemingly based on what has been come as he was needed, resuming the conceived as. or confounded with, Middletown pastorate again when the conditions that called him away t terual trut h: had been fulfilled. His relationship "And so beside Ihe sileni . to the church now might be termed wait t lie ill tutted oar; pastor emeritus. No harm can come from Him tome st-a- 1 On ocean or on shore." Too often it is the gentle melancholy that is apt to be emphasized in the attitude of the acceptor, or again the resultant is a curious exaltation that arouses in the worldly observer less mature a doubt as to its legitimacy. Now and then, as in Ihe case of the Rev. William Tharp, where and ten is the spaa of three-scorbv almost its third, the prolonged e happier meaning that informed the Friends writer's lines is found. The Rev. Mr. Tharp is the oldest living minister of t he ( tourcfa of the Dictates of Christ, or Che Christian years Church. For the last fifty-five he has made his home in Middletown, fourteen miles east of Louisville, on the Shelby ville pike and the Louis- ville and nterurban railroad. Next Tuesday he will celebrate his niuety-Ift- h birthday. Although in almost perfect preservation of all his faculties, because ol a slight cold from which he has been suffering the celebration will be a quiet one, and only the immediate memtersof his family will be present-Flan- s had been discussed for a grand observance of the anniversary by the members of the M Iddietown Christian church, of which he formerly was pastor, but under the circumst ances which have arisen it is feared that the excitement of such an occasion might have an untoward effect . m By No Means an Invalid. means to he the Rev. Mr. Thar), is inferred that an invalid. Far from it . Indeed, bis general appearance s thai of better physical condition than most persons who have reached the allotted seven. He walks about the years. ami grounds of his son. John house Tharp, at Middletown, when and where he pieases and without a cane. He eats what he likes and with a good appetite. While he has had a Dumber of severe illnesses, he never hah suffered from any of the defined diseases, such as typhoid fever.pneu-moniaorthlike. He has been constitutionally subject to cold, and most of his sickness has resulted from this cause. Something of his health and mentality may be judged from the fact that within the last year he has preached a sermon in the Middletown Christian church. His strength was not sufficient to permit him to stand during the entire length of his discourse and he sat in a chair while preaching. Those who heard the sermon aver. that it was much superior to the efforts of many younger men, and they hope, with him, that he will be able to fill the pulpit again with the coming of thesofter weather. It is twenty years since the Rev. Mr. Tharp retired from the active ministry. But during much of .the time after that until recent years he engaged in evangelistic and supply From this it is by no 1 e work. His pastorate at Middletown MRS. HIRAM W( KI, Oldest Member oi Original Middle town Congregation Courtesy of Louisville Times. Planted Many Chiirrhes. time "the town wasn't worth a cent to live in," hut that since the saloons have been driven out ifhas developed into an ideal home community. Mis. Tharp died in ls.V. and two years later, shortly before settling in Shelbyville. he married Miss Martha Cox. of Shelby county, who died seventeen years ago. The oldest son of this marriage, Wallace Tharp, is pastor of the first Christian church of Fittsburg, Fa. William Tharp, Jr., is pastor of the Bcargrass Christian church and lives at Middle-town- , as does John Tharp, the youngest son, with whom the aged minister makes his home. In the sixty six years at which he reckons his continuous service. Mr. S S Tharp established many churches of the Christian denomination in KenSpeaking of Marriages. tucky and Indiana. The greater part The number of marriages which Mr. of his early work, by far, was along Tharp has performed, of which unevangelist ie lines aud he traveled fortunately no record, he much. would run well into the He was born within si milesof in Henry county, Ky.. April thousands. The third couple whose vows he heard are living at Newcas-- t 9, 1SI7. and began preaching at the age of 23 years, it was about this le, where the ceremony was performand are now time also that he married Miss Biiza ed, Two other marriages he mentioned, B a t Is. of Henry county, and one son, Christopher Tharp, of this marriage because they took place on the same day, were those of Frof. and Mrs. W. is now a farmer near Middletown. H. Bartholomew and the Rev. and His interest in religion was aroused Mrs. George W. Taylor, di Louisville. when his mother embraced the tenets These were solemnized March 20, 1862 of the Christian church under the and both couples celebrated their preaching ot Hart on Stone who, with golden wedding anniversaries last Walter Scotr, were doing In the West mouth, rjrgeht invitations to the the work begun bf Alexander Camp- festivities were received by the Key. bell in the Fast. It was when he was Mr. Tharp. but he thought it unwise years old that Mr. about twenty-fou- r for him to risk the exposure. Tharp first met Alexander Campbell This as naturally brought up the at New Castle and heard him preach. mortality of man. All of the friends This acquaintance ripened into a and associates of Mr. Tharp's boywarm friendship which extended over hood and young manhood long ago many years and was terminated only have passed to the Beyond. Only two by the death of tlieelderman in 1866. members of his original congregation While M r. Tharp was active in the at Middletown are now living. These founding of many of the schools and are Mrs. iliran Wood and M rs. A lien Colleges maintained bv the Christ ian Potter. Mrs. Wood is eighty-fiv- e years Church, bis own education was only old and Mrs. Folter is sevent the rudiments furnished by the The Rey. Mr. Tharp had charge of county schools of his boyhood and the funeral services of nearly all of such as he was afterward able to the other fifty or sixty members of acquire ty close personal application. ihe church-ahe found it when he It is probable thai this, to a great came to M iddietown. extent, is responsible for hisint imate His way of talking these tilings acquaintance with the text of the Is a beautiful lesson of simple in faith Bible. This is so minute, his friends may oj en the Hook at and trust. He accepts them as a say. that one matter ot course, and there is about random and begin reading to him him an atmosphere of hope and anand he will instantly name the book ticipation as he speaks of t hem quite and chapter and if a lapsus lingua different from the protestations occurs will s t ihe reader right from sometimes found among the deeply memory. religious who declare their yearnings for the hereafter. This is the better Nothirg of a Politician. contrasted by his acute interest in A bsorbed in the study ol" theological the things about him and the world problems at the age when most of young men are apt to be attracted bv politics, the Rev. Mr. Tharp gave Keeps Abreast of The Times. but slight attention to civil governHe reads the daily papers and He recalls that his first vote ment was cast lor Henrv Clay, but. since i keeps a close watch on the religious v,. ..... u i .i .. CUm lime, iicucyci hiwoi wtiuun journals, especially those published with anv party. When he has voted by his sect. Several evenings each at all (being often prevented from week his son. the Rev.- William exercising the suffrage by change of Tharp. Jr., who also lives in Middle-towcomes in and with other friends residence) he has based his choice on the known character of the candidate they discuss the current trend of reandthe issues for which thecandidate ligions thought andthe general news of the day. He is, in spite of his stood . approach to participa- comparative isolation, aware of the His nearest tion in a political campaign of any persopal services drift of modern He thoroughly apkind was eighteen yeais ago, when Protestantism. proves oi the Salvation Army, and with Dr. Folk, of Cedardale, M'dille-towhe joined in a crusade against though less familiar with the Men the three saloons there. At their own and Religion Forward Movement, expense Mr. Tharp and Dr. Foik pro- believes that it is an excellent work. cured an election at which the saloons For many years before his retirewere voted out of existence and since ment he labored incessantly with have not been permitted to return. those of his brethren who have been Mr. Tharp declares that prior to tha trying to bring the denominational -- he-ha- New-Castle- s , great-grandparen- ts. -- s churches into accord under one scheme of organization and declaration of pi inciples. If: was along- this line of thought-mod- ern progress in diverse directions that he mentioned, in an impersonal way, that all of the great inventions have given such impetus to civilization aud advanced standards of living. He talks interestingly of the appearance of the first steamboat on the Ohio river and the -Fitch controversy over the application of steam to navigation. He tells an equally interesting tale of the first railroad of ihe West, from Madison to Indianapolis and his first: ride '"on the cars." He remembers the discovery of anesthetics and the invention of the telegraph. The telephone, the trolley car, the electric light andthe myriad applications of electric t ower and phenomena are to him receet ami infantile. He has a phonograph and his favorite record is Williams Jennings Bryan's stately and power ful discourse on "The Resurrection," which he tegards as one of the masterpieces of oratory audsermonoiogy of all time. Fulton- s - d Ideas of Heaven and Hell. With ail of his long experience and his close attention to the various tendencies of thought among theologians and students, the Rev. Mr. Tharp's ideas as to the future state ol man, contrast somewhat, strangely with declarations made from time to time by his brethren of the cloth and approach, perhaps, more nearly to the modern lay tendency. He declared that any attempts to describe the fat e either of the wicked or the righteous must be purely speculative. Of these things he is confident, with a confident e that is comforting to behold. That the wicked are certain of punishment for their. sins. He Bays he does not. concern himself whether this will be utter anni hilation: "'adequate punishment,' involving the idea of purgatory and TEACHERS subsequent salvation, or eternal punishment in literal hell fire. He is Of State Should Unite For Better equally certain that the righteous will he rewarded, though he make, Service Will Meet no attempt to formulate the prize except to say that it will be a better, June 25. larger and richer life, and life eternal, than the mind of mau is able to If you should dip up Lake Erie in conceive. a tin cup. pint at a time, and pour it Out ot his many years he says that on the big turbine wheels in the his message to young men aud to wheel-pitat Niagara Falls, you young women is still, Seek ye first Could hardly get. them damp. But Uie kingdom ot. Cod and His rig h let a great body of water tumble and all things snail be auu-ei- l through the tunnels, and the wheels unto you. "Louisville Times. are driven to generate energv sufficient for running all the machinery W0JRTHINGT0N. within two hundred miles of the falls-Thwater has might only when it April 15- .- Miss Estelle Hess, o: falls in large volumes. Louisville, is spending some time This principle holds as good in powith bei sister, Mis. IJouti Maddux. litical ami social science as in phyMiss Muuel Maddux was the' guesi The sum of tiie forces of a oi Mmstieorgiapnine loungin Lou sics e.v llle last Week. number of unit-- , is greater the closer in, Frather had ashergues; Mis. the aggregation of units. lor the week-enThe irresistable rushes of Napoher sister, l,v Mamie tjimcoe, ot South Louisville. leon and Oku: the successful work of Mrs. Samuel Garwood, who has parties and sects: the powerful in been very sick for some time, is im- fluence of organized public opinion proving. in any great matter all these, Mrs. A..C. Potts and Miss M.i though widely differing, are based Belcher closed then school here Friday. We wish lor them ami their upon the principle illustrated aboye. To make intellectual or moral forces pupils a very trappy vacation. , t hey must be made to most effect Mr. Wm. Wehb, of Pry's Hill Friday after several months act in thrniie direction at the stay in Florado. same time. Mr. and Mrs. Bertha Garwood and Each teacher in Kentucky is a unit daughter have moveu into their neu of force. Evervone ot the ten thouscottage. and teachers of Kentucky is doing a Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Bnisch were guests Sunday of Mrs. R. L. Millet faithful, earnest, and in most cases, efficient work, tint how vastly more ami lauiuy. Mr. ami Mrs. Fred Garwood spent efficient work ould lie done by these Friday in Louisville. units of teaching force acting toM iss Georgia M iller is the guest ol gether by aggregating. Tk Kenfriends at. Glenview tucky Educational Association is W isli to thank the editor'for the sounding a clarion call to all teachcompliment oil our worthy black. ers in Kentucky and asking tortheir smiths. We are very proud of t hem, presence at the l.ouisulle meeting and are glad outsiders see ttie reason. on June for the purpose of Mr. Henry Mitchell, Sr.. who has more effective organization, a uniting been confined to his home a'l winter with rheumatism is able to be out of forces for the benefit of the school again. and the teacher as well. i vi-- , . . i 25-2-7, . to-da- n, n. BUGGIES-SUIvREY- S J ARE READY FOR YOUR IfiSPECTICH. WE WANT YOUR PATRONAGE and have the GOODS and PRICES that WILL GET IT BUGGIES $40.00 SURRIES 75.00 HALL SEED CO. INCORPORATED. Wire Fence Fertilizers Incubators Preston & Jefferson Sts. LOUISVILLE, KY. BOTH PHONES 1454. Cream Separators

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